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New York City races to get vital supplies

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NEW YORK (The Wall Street Journal) — New York City scrambled on Sunday to get more hospital equipment as it faces the possibility of running out of ventilators in the next few days.


As New York state prepares for an apex of coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio said about 4,000 patients were intubated as of Sunday and the city expects nearly 1,000 more intubations in the coming days. The city needs 1,000 to 1,500 more ventilators to avoid running out by Tuesday or Wednesday, the mayor said. The city initially expected to run out on Sunday.
“It’s good in a way that the original projection was cautious and we have a few more days,” the mayor said.
The city is appealing to the federal government and states for more equipment, he said. Governors in Oregon and Washington have said they would send ventilators to New York. And hundreds of military medical personnel will bolster the city’s hospital staffs.
New York state is the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, with more than 122,000 cases and 4,159 deaths as of Sunday afternoon, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. New York City reported 63,767 cases and 2,256 deaths as of Sunday morning.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday during a news conference that the number of deaths a day has been drop- ping, but it is too early to understand the significance. Still, deaths in the state increased by 594 Saturday, he said.
ICU admissions were down and daily intubations were slightly lower, Mr. Cuomo said. “Discharge rate is way up and that’s great news,” he said, cautioning that day-to-day numbers could be misleading and that he would like to look at data for three to four days to see a pattern.
Projections from the University of Washington show New York could reach the peak of its pandemic at the end of the week. The governor said there is an emerging hot spot on Long Island. “Upstate New York is basically flat and as Long Island grows, the percentage of cases in New York City has reduced,” Mr. Cuomo said.
In Nassau County on Long Island, there are 14,398 positive cases, up 1,052 from a day earlier, and in Suffolk County, there are 12,405 cases, including 1,035 new cases, health-department data show. Westchester County had 13,723 positive cases, up 642 from the previous day.
Over the weekend, Mr. Cuomo said the state is getting help from the other side of the country.
“We are answering their call for help,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a tweet. “We’ll be sending 140 ventilators to help NY because Oregon is in a better position right now.”
“They see the fire spreading,” Mr. Cuomo said of Oregon. “Stop the fire where it is, before it gets to my home.”
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday he would return more than 400 ventilators to the national stockpile for New York and other hard-hit states.
New Jersey, the state with the second-highest number of cases after New York, would receive another 500 ventilators from the federal government, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Cases in New Jersey surpassed 37,500 Sunday, with officials reporting 917 deaths.
The state’s death count from the virus has eclipsed the number of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks by 100, Mr. Murphy said over the weekend.
“Ventilators are our #1 need right now,” he said in a tweet. “I won’t stop fighting to get us the equipment we need to save every life we can.”

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